Watching Quincy Public Schools take a major step toward the future was bittersweet for retired Monroe School teacher Deb Banks.
Few college-bound kids lose their shot, and their slot, at their dream school once they get in, but it happened at one of the world's most elite institutions and for a reason that has, until recently, hardly registered in the university admissions process: social media.
Offered in conjunction with the Summer Academy focused on language arts and literacy for grades K-5 and summer school for grades 6-8, the Center for Creative Learning provides students opportunities for project learning in engineering and technology.
Several students from QND and Quincy High School joined Sister City Commission members to take care of newly planted flower beds and a dogwood tree at Quincy's Amtrak station. "This is a real partnership, a public-private community partnership," Sister City Commission Chairman Signe Oakley said.
Quincy Public School officials are confident students will meet performance goals in math and reading for the just-completed 2016-17 year.